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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Time Event
Noon–1:00 p.m. SBM: Commissioner Committees Meetings & Lunch

1:30–3:30 p.m. SBM: Board of Commissioners Meeting

2:00–4:00 p.m. SBM: Michigan State Bar Foundation Members/Trustees Annual Business Meeting

3:00–7:00 p.m. SBM: Annual Meeting Registration Open

4:00–5:00 p.m. SBM: New Board of Commissioners Meeting

4:00–6:00 p.m. Michigan Association of Bar Executives Business Meeting

4:15–4:30 p.m. SBM: Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation Annual Business Meeting

4:30–6:00 p.m. SBM: Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation Annual Reception (by invitation)

6:30–9:00 p.m.

SBM: Awards Banquet | $70 ticket required
We have a very special guest this year to help us kick off our Awards Banquet & Annual Meeting: Governor Rick Snyder, the 48th governor of Michigan, and a Michigan lawyer. Join us as we pay tribute to our members who have achieved the highest honors in areas of leadership, professional integrity, and community service.

  • Roberts P. Hudson Award: Kurt E. Schnelz
  • Frank J. Kelley Award: Hon. Donna T. Morris
  • John W. Reed Lawyer Legacy Award: Prof. James J. White
  • Champion of Justice Award: Eugene Driker, Valerie R. Newman, Michele L. Halloran, Ann L. Routt, A. Kay Stanfield Spinks (posthumously)
  • John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award: Robert G. Mossel
  • Kimberly Cahill Bar Leadership Award: Elizabeth A. Kitchen-Troop
  • Liberty Bell Award: Marge Palmerlee
  • Michigan Ass'n for Justice Respected Advocate Award: Steven B. Galbraith
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Respected Advocate Award: Jesse M. Reiter
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation Access to Justice Award: Chad C. Schmucker
   
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Time Event
8:00–9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. SBM: Registration
SSFI: Registration
Vendor Showcase

8:15–9:00 a.m. SSFI: Getting the Most Out of Your ICLE Resources
Demonstration by ICLE staff

8:30 a.m.–Noon SBM: Agricultural Law Section Business Meeting & Program
Two panel discussions:
Government’s Role & Responsibilities
What an Expert Can Do for You & Your Clients
More Information

9:00–9:20 a.m. SSFI: Welcome and Introduction
Elizabeth A. Silverman, Chair, General Practice—Solo and Small Firm Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Elizabeth A. Silverman PC, Farmington Hills

9:00–10:00 a.m. SBM: Military & Veterans' Law Section
Find Out More About the Newest State Bar of Michigan Section
Speakers:
LTC John J. Wojcik, Michigan National Guard, Lansing
Hon. David L. Jordon (retired), East Lansing
Heather Spielmaker, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing

Vendor Presentation: Casemaker Training
Casemaker, provided at no cost to SBM members, will save you hundreds of dollars every month on legal research. You will learn basic navigation, search functions, and even how to create and organize your personal research folders. If you've never tried this cost-saving FREE legal research tool, stop by and check out the presentation!


9:00 a.m.–Noon SBM: Family Law Section Business Meeting

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. SBM: Representative Assembly Business Meeting
The following awards will be presented Thursday during the Representative Assembly business meeting.
  • Michael Franck Award: Martin P. Krohner (posthumously)
  • Unsung Hero Award: James E. Brenner and Elizabeth Stafford

9:20–9:40 a.m. SSFI: Report from the Executive Director
Greetings from the State Bar's executive director with an update on Bar activities of special interest to solo and small firm practitioners.
Janet K. Welch, Executive Director, State Bar of Michigan, Lansing

9:30–11:30 a.m. SBM: Insurance & Indemnity Law Section Business Meeting & Program
No Fault Reform in Michigan
A panel of speakers from the forefront of the debate will share their perspectives.
Speakers:
Steve Hicks, Speaker Law Firm, Lansing
Butch Hollowell, Melvin Butch Hollowell PC, Detroit
Pete Lund, Michigan House of Representatives, Shelby Township
Laura Appel, Vice President, Federal Policy & Advocacy, Michigan Health & Hospital Ass'n, Lansing
John Cornack, President, Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault, Lansing
Pete Kuhnmuench, Executive Director, Insurance Institute of Michigan, Lansing
Tom Shields, President, Marketing Research Group, Inc., Lansing
Mark Morley, Secrest Wardle, Troy

9:40–10:40 a.m. SSFI: KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: The Art of Professional Networking
The practice of law is based on relationships with clients, potential clients, and referral sources. It is critical to find the networking method that matches your personality—the one that makes you feel the most comfortable and confident. Boost your networking prowess and discover powerful ways to create and sustain your most important relationships.
Roy S. Ginsburg, Roy S. Ginsburg JD, Minnetonka, MN

10:00–11:30 a.m. SBM: Litigation Section Business Meeting

10:00 a.m.–Noon SBM: Michigan Indian Legal Services Business Meeting

10:40–11:00 a.m. SSFI: Vendor Showcase Break

11:00 a.m.–Noon

SSFI: Substantive Law Track: Family Law Update
Family practice continues to change rapidly. Stay on top of all the latest developments with an analysis of the most important changes during the last year.
Carrie E. Huff, Alane & Chartier PLC, Lansing

SSFI: Marketing/Law Practice Management Track: Retain Your Clients—A Roadmap to Effective Client Service
Studies show that the most frequent reason for losing clients is poor service. So how do you provide the best service? Get the tools you need to consistently deliver exceptional service, retain and develop more business from current clients, and increase referrals. Classic movie scenes illustrate the key principles to help you gain a competitive edge through world-class service.
Roy S. Ginsburg, Roy S. Ginsburg JD, Minnetonka, MN

SSFI: Technology Track: Is Your Office Drowning in Paper? Now There's a Way Out!
Despite the improvements brought by technology, reliance upon paper continues to clog our offices. It's time to change all that. Take home a complete road map and begin reducing the paper covering your desk and filling up your files.
Barron K. Henley, Affinity Consulting Group, Columbus, OH


11:30 a.m.–Noon Vendor Presentation: Greenview Data, Inc.
E-mail security for attorneys. Securing e-mail communications to protect client confidentiality and preserve business records is critical to a law practice. Greenview Data, a Michigan-based software provider, will showcase its affordable, easy, and compliant e-mail encryption and archiving as part of its line of secure and flexible business e-mail services.

11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. SBM: Real Property Law Section Council Meeting

Noon–2:00 p.m.

Brian D. EinhornSBM: Inaugural Luncheon | $49 ticket required

Share in the celebration with the swearing-in of the State Bar President Brian D. Einhorn and other State Bar officers.

SSFI: Lunch and Annual Meeting Functions


1:00–3:00 p.m. SBM: Administrative & Regulatory Law Section Business Meeting & Program
Natural Gas Hydraulic "Fracking"
Speaker: Rick Henderson, Field Operations Supervisor, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Office of Oil, Gas, & Minerals

1:00–4:00 p.m.

SBM: American Indian Law Section Business Meeting & Program
Financing Economic Development Projects
Exploring outside sources of funding for non-gaming, economic development projects.

SBM: Appellate Practice Section Business Meeting & Program
Motions That Move The Court of Appeals
Michigan Court of Appeals judges and clerks will discuss motion practice, including special types of motions, how motions are processed and decided, common mistakes, and share practice tips.
Moderator: Jill Wheaton, Dykema Gossett, Ann Arbor
Speaker Panel:
Kim Hauser, Lansing District Clerk, Court of Appeals, Lansing
Hon. Kirsten Frank Kelly, Michigan Court of Appeals, Detroit
Hon. Amy Ronayne Krause, Michigan Court of Appeals, Lansing
Larry Royster, Chief Clerk/Research Director, Michigan Court of Appeals, Lansing


1:30–3:30 p.m. SBM: Consumer Law Section Business Meeting & Program

1:30–6:00 p.m. SBM: Environmental Law Section Business Meeting, Program, & Dinner
Keynote Anne Couture will discuss recent developments at the MDEQ, including implementation of new cleanup standards and programs for NAPL and Vapor Intrusion. Ross Hamersley, of Olson, Bzdok & Howard, will discuss the recent proposal to dispose of Canadian nuclear waste near Lake Huron. A Panel of experts will discuss Recent Developments in Environmental Due Diligence, including international environmental due diligence and the U.S. EPA proposed rule to adopt the new ASTM Standard. More Information

2:00–2:45 p.m.

SSFI: Substantive Law Track: Criminal Law Update
Stay on top of this fast-paced area of law with the most current information on criminal statutes, court rules, and caselaw and what it all means for your criminal law practice.
F. Martin Tieber, Tieber Law Office, Lansing

SSFI: Marketing/Law Practice Management Track: Law Practice For Sale—Strategies for Sellers and Buyers, Part 1
Your law practice is a valuable asset; don't make the mistake of leaving it on the table. Understand what your practice is worth, how to locate a potential buyer, and how to negotiate a fair and balanced deal. Alternatively, you might be a younger lawyer who wants a bigger practice. Have you considered jump-starting this process with the strategic acquisition of an existing book of business?
Roy S. Ginsburg, Roy S. Ginsburg JD, Minnetonka, MN

SSFI: Technology Track: Cloud Computing 2013—The Benefits, Drawbacks, and Ethical Issues of Moving Your Practice to the Cloud
Barron reveals the pros, cons, and risks of moving to the cloud; and what options are available for case management, accounting, trial presentation, document management, and more. Make smart decisions before you make the jump and understand when you may ethically store confidential client data in the cloud.
Barron K. Henley, Affinity Consulting Group, Columbus, OH


2:00–3:00 p.m. SBM: Intellectual Property Law Section Program
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, & Trade Secrets in 60 Minutes or Less
Provides a basic overview of the acquisition and enforcement of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret rights.
Speakers:
Adam Strauss, Chair-Elect, SBM Intellectual Property Law Section, Kalamazoo
Kristen Murphy, Rader, Fishman & Grauer, Bloomfield Hills

2:00–4:00 p.m. SBM: Michigan Retired Judges Association (Circuit and Court of Appeals) Business Meeting

2:00–4:30 p.m.

SBM: Negligence Law Section Business Meeting & Program
The Nomination of Michigan Appellate Judges
Speakers:
Hon. William C. Whitbeck, Michigan Court of Appeals
Richard Robinson, Executive Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Lansing
Hon. James L. Ryan, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, Michigan Supreme Court

SBM: Labor & Employment Law Section Business Meeting, Program, & Reception
Health Care Reform—A Primer—What Every Labor & Employment Lawyer Needs to Know

Speakers:
Michael Friedman, Partner, Honigman, Miller, Schwartz & Cohn, LLC, Detroit
Debbie Youngs, Vice-President, Kapnick Ins. Group
Best [and Worst] Practices in the U.S. District Courts in Michigan
Several current and former law clerks from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the Michigan Supreme Court will share their views and experiences.
Moderator: John Runyan
Speakers:
Kimberly Altman, Career Law Clerk to Hon. Avern Cohn
Christy Dral, Career Law Clerk to Hon. Robert Cleland
Kathleen Geiger, Law Clerk to Hon. Janet T. Neff
Lauren Mandel, Career Law Clerk to Hon. Patrick Duggan
Theresa Serra, Career Law Clerk to Hon. Nancy Edmunds


2:30–5:30 p.m. SBM: Young Lawyers Section Business Meeting

2:50–3:35 p.m.

SSFI: Substantive Law Track: Practical Discovery—The Streamlined Approach
Sometimes less really is more! In this practical and time-saving segment, learn how to fine-tune your discovery requests to hit all the issues in your case. Turn your "kitchen sink" approach into a leaner, smarter discovery strategy.
C. Denise Fawcett, Law Office of C. Denise Fawcett, Ann Arbor

SSFI: Marketing/Law Practice Management Track: Law Practice For Sale—Strategies for Sellers and Buyers, Part 2
In part two of this session, get more tips to understand what your practice is worth, how to locate a potential buyer, and how to negotiate a fair and balanced deal. Alternatively, you might be a younger lawyer who wants a bigger practice. Have you considered jump-starting this process with the strategic acquisition of an existing book of business.
Roy S. Ginsburg, Roy S. Ginsburg JD, Minnetonka, MN

SSFI: Technology Track: How to Run 80% of Your Practice on
Your iPad

It's the new 80/20 rule! While you can't do every legal task on an iPad (yet), you can accomplish at least 80% of your daily legal work using an iPad. Explore how a lawyer at the forefront of the mobile revolution has taken his law practice to new heights using his iPad, iPad Mini, and a few well-chosen apps and accessories.
Randy Arden Musbach, Law Office of Randy Musbach, Chelsea


3:00–4:00 p.m. Vendor Presentation: Law and the Media Committee—Dealing with the Media
This seminar will feature a panel discussion of attorneys with media experience, including Pulitzer Prize-winning former journalist Eric Freedman, now an attorney and a Michigan State University professor. The panel will discuss how to respond to media inquiries, what "off the record" and "on background" mean, and interacting with the press in a manner consistent with Michigan's Rules of Professional Conduct.

3:35–3:55 p.m. SSFI: Vendor Showcase Break

3:55–4:40 p.m.

SSFI: Substantive Law Track: What Your Small Business Clients Need
to Know About Health Care Reform

The Affordable Care Act brings with it sweeping changes for small business owners; from mandatory insurance offerings to tax credits to health care exchanges. Get the must-know information about compliance with the Act and help your clients make proactive decisions that work best for them and their businesses.
David L. Rogers, Rogers Mantese & Associates PC, Farmington Hills

SSFI: Marketing/Law Practice Management Track: Reinvent Your Law Practice: Your 30-Day Blueprint to Greater Freedom
Bring your imagination to this high-energy presentation where you will be given a step-by-step, 30-day roadmap to gain more freedom from your law practice. Make a paradigm shift and learn specific techniques that will help you escape the office, get more clients, and use the Internet to increase your bottom line.
William A. McNeil, vLawyer Consulting LLC, Orlando, FL

SSFI: Technology Track: How to Protect Yourself While Trading Documents Electronically
Negotiating documents today regularly happens electronically with lawyers emailing documents (Word or PDF files) to one another (and clients) to indicate changes and propose modifications. Uncover the tools in Word and Acrobat that let you safely transmit documents, compare versions, track changes, add comments and other annotations, and "lock down" a document to prevent further changes.
Barron K. Henley, Affinity Consulting Group, Columbus, OH


4:00–5:00 p.m. Vendor Presentation: Law and the Media Committee—Dealing with the Media
This seminar will feature a panel discussion of attorneys with media experience, including Pulitzer Prize-winning former journalist Eric Freedman, now an attorney and a Michigan State University professor. The panel will discuss how to respond to media inquiries, what "off the record" and "on background" mean, and interacting with the press in a manner consistent with Michigan's Rules of Professional Conduct.

4:30–6:00 p.m. SBM: Law Schools Reception
Michigan State University
Thomas M. Cooley
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Michigan
Wayne State University

4:45–5:30 p.m.

SSFI: Substantive Law Track: Top 10 Forgotten Guidelines for Successful Criminal Jury Trial Practice
Once you've fully prepared your trial, make sure to keep in mind these important, practical, but often unspoken factors that every criminal defense attorney should remember before embarking on a jury trial.
Daniel T. Geherin, Simon & Geherin PLLC, Ann Arbor

SSFI: Marketing/Law Practice Management Track: What Went Wrong? 10 Common Mistakes in Starting a Law Practice and How to Avoid Them
Starting a law practice is a big step and making mistakes is inevitable. The key to a thriving practice is to minimize those miscalculations and chart the right path as quickly as possible. Review the common mistakes lawyers make when starting a new practice and learn techniques to prevent them. Jump-start your new practice with sage advice from a successful practitioner who has admittedly made a few mistakes, but lived to tell the tale!
John J. Conway, John J. Conway PC, Royal Oak

SSFI: Technology Track: 50 Tech Tips in 50 Minutes
Fast-paced and fun, covering everything under the technology sun! From cool websites to apps to gadgets and utilities, attend the fastest 50 minutes in CLE to learn the technology that will let you work smarter, faster, and more efficiently.
Barron K. Henley, Affinity Consulting Group, Columbus, OH


6:30–8:30 p.m. SBM: Celebrating Diversity Reception at Troppo | $10 ticket required
Celebrate the rich diversity of the State Bar, and acknowledge the work accomplished over the past year in support of achieving greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession in Michigan, at this reception featuring a performance by the Ann Arbor-based all-lawyer band, Soultivity, a finalist in the American Bar Association's 2012 Battle of the All-Lawyer Bands. Event will be held in the Governors' Room at Troppo in Lansing. [Map]
   
Friday, September 20, 2013
Time Event
8:00–9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. SBM: Registration
SSFI: Registration
Vendor Showcase

8:15–9:00 a.m. SSFI: Getting the Most Out of Your ICLE Resources
Demonstration by ICLE staff

9:00–10:00 a.m.

SSFI: KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: The Art, Science, and Ethics of the 21st Century Retainer Agreement
The retainer agreement is one of the most important contracts that you'll ever draft or sign as an attorney. Not only do retainer agreements protect clients from overreaching by unscrupulous lawyers, but they can immunize lawyers against malpractice claims and non-payment by clients. Learn how the humble retainer agreement reflects the core values of your practice. This session will go beyond pure theory, and offer solid tips for how lawyers can update their retainer agreements to address concerns of 21st century clients, including provisions relating to document retention in an electronic age, use of the cloud and outsourced personnel, alternative billing, and much more.
Carolyn Elefant, MyShingle.com, Washington, DC

Vendor Presentation: Casemaker Training
Casemaker, provided at no cost to SBM members, will save you hundreds of dollars every month on legal research. You will learn basic navigation, search functions, and even how to create and organize your personal research folders. If you've never tried this cost-saving FREE legal research tool, stop by and check out the presentation!


9:00–11:00 a.m. SBM: Criminal Law Section, Prisons & Corrections Section, & EAI Disabilities Workgroup Program
Problem Solving Courts: Lessons Learned & Implications for People with Mental Health Care Needs
Explore the follow-up assessment of pilot projects across Michigan and discuss the matters that people with mental health care needs encounter when they face the legal system. From law enforcement to courts to corrections, people with special needs are faced with unique barriers to overcome in order to be appropriately served. A two-panel discussion will look at the issue from multiple views in an effort to identify solutions to support access to justice for every individual. More Information

9:00–11:30 a.m. SBM: Master Lawyers Section Business Meeting & Program
Transitioning to Working Less: Toward a Graceful Retirement
Many attorneys derive great satisfaction and self esteem from the practice of law and are hesitant to retire. Panelists will discuss the psychological, biological, and financial transitions that occur as legal professionals grow older. The various processes of change will be described and strategies to smooth the transition will be shared.
Speakers:
Cynthia L. Johnson, Couzens Lansky Fealk Ellis Roeder &a Lazar PC, Detroit
Ruthmarie Shea, Ruthmarie Shea Esq., Rochester
Tish Vincent, Program Administrator, State Bar of Michigan Lawyers & Judges Assistance Program, Lansing

9:00 a.m.–Noon SBM: Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section Business Meeting & Program
A History of Governmental Immunity in Michigan Law
Walk through the history of governmental immunity as it evolved in common law and statute and a discussion of significant case law that has shaped the application of immunity and exceptions.
Speaker: Margaret A. Nelson, Assistant Attorney General, Michigan Dept. of Attorney General, Lansing

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. SBM: Michigan Lawyers Alliance Business Meeting

10:00–10:50 a.m. SSFI: KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Avoiding Multitasking Distractions—Finding Focus and Technological Efficiency
Master your technology, instead of the other way around! There are wonderful laborsaving technology tools which can solve problems, improve client service, and make your life easier. You'll gain strategies for quickly learning new technology, plus practice management tips to help you operate cost-effectively. Explore the research regarding multitasking and how staying focused on one thing at a time can make lawyers far more efficient.
Barron K. Henley, Affinity Consulting Group, Columbus, OH

10:00–11:00 a.m. Vendor Presentation: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Learn how the Affordable Care Act will affect you. Health care reform continues to evolve and will have far reaching implications for both small and large businesses. The Affordable Care Act mandates numerous employer responsibilities and will reshape the way health insurance is purchased. Alisa Bennett, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan manager and subject matter expert on health care reform, will present the current state of health care reform in Michigan and discuss impacts for employer groups moving forward.

10:00 a.m.–Noon

SBM: Children's Law Section Business Meeting & Program
What's New at the Ombudsman Office?
Discussing current topics and trends in the child welfare area.
Speaker: Charlotte J. Smith, Office of Children's Ombudsman, Lansing

SBM: Judicial Section Business Meeting


10:30–11:00 a.m. Vendor Presentation: Veracity Payment Solutions and Fan CONNECT
Let us show you how to utilize innovative mobile marketing solutions to raise the bar for your practice! You will learn how to engage clients, promote your business, send special offers, and follow up with clients in a matter of seconds. Fan CONNECT is a new mobile marketing solution our endorsed credit card processing partner Veracity Payment Solutions (formerly Midwest Transaction Groupā€”MTG). State Bar members get a FREE Fan CONNECT account up to 50 contacts.

10:50–11:10 a.m. SSFI: Vendor Showcase Break

11:00 a.m.–Noon

SBM: Criminal Law Section Business Meeting
SBM: Latin American Bar Activities Section Business Meeting

SBM: Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee Program
Building a Diversity & Inclusion Database for the Legal Profession in Michigan
The Committee will discuss its data collection efforts and the importance of this information for setting a baseline and making assessments about diversity and inclusion of the legal profession in Michigan. The discussion will focus on recent surveys of various groups in an effort to create a "360 degree" review of the landscape of the profession. More Information
Speaker: Skot Welch


11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. SBM: Antitrust, Franchising & Trade Regulation Section Business Meeting

11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. SBM: Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports Section Business Meeting & Program
Dealing With the Press in a 24X7 News Cycle
Discussing the role of the media in the world of entertainment and sports.
Moderator: ACES Chair Todd Redden, Legal Pathworks PLC, Bloomfield Hills
Speakers:
Charlie Langton, WWJ Newsradio 950 and Fox 2
Bob Berg, Berg Muirhead and Associates

11:10 a.m.–Noon

SSFI: Substantive Law Track: Top Tips for Resolving Landlord-Tenant Disputes
Landlord-tenant disputes are more common than ever. Whether you represent landlords or tenants, this session will provide best practice tips for quick and effective resolutions. From summary proceedings to workouts and negotiation strategies, get the tools you need to effectively assist your clients
Lawrence Shoffner, Lawrence Shoffner Esq., Detroit

SSFI: Marketing/Law Practice Management Track: Social Media for Lawyers—12 Steps To Make Social Media Work for Any Practice
We all get trapped in our fixed way of thinking, preventing us from solving problems more effectively and becoming more creative. This workshop will give you an insight into why we do that and two techniques to overcome it. It will also help you understand the choices we are making when we don't deal with problems head-on. Finally, you will do an imaginative exercise that may transform your workplace!
Carolyn Elefant, MyShingle.com, Washington, DC

SSFI: Technology Track: Presentation Software on Your Windows PC, Mac, or the Web!
Compare, contrast, and evaluate PowerPoint, Keynote, and Prezi. Optimize your presentation skills and discover which of these applications is the best fit for your practice.
Diane Ebersole, Practice Management Advisor, State Bar of Michigan, Lansing


Noon–2:00 p.m.

SBM: 50-Year Golden Celebration Luncheon | $49 ticket required
Celebrate and honor fellow colleagues being recognized for 50 years of membership in the State Bar of Michigan. This is a great opportunity to network with your peers and mentors.

SBM: Law Practice Management & Legal Administrators Section Business Meeting & Lunch
Q&A for Your Law Practice Day
A question and answer session on law practice issues such as marketing & technology by knowledgeable, practice management leaders. You need not be a member of the Section to participate, but you must register in advance. Includes lunch.

SSFI: Lunch and Annual Meeting Functions


1:00–1:50 p.m. SBM: General Practice—Solo and Small Firm Section Business Meeting & Program
How to Restore Driving Privileges
What a lawyer must know to advise their client on conduct and necessary steps to restore their driving privileges, includes common mistakes lawyers make.
Speaker: Michael Granzeier, Granzeier & Blankenship PLC, Wyandotte

1:00–3:30 p.m. SBM: Michigan Probate Judges Association Business Meeting

1:30–3:30 p.m. SBM: Animal Law Section Business Meeting

2:00–3:00 p.m. SBM: Aviation Law Section Business Meeting

2:00–3:00 p.m. SBM: Law Student Section Business Meeting

2:00–2:50 p.m.

SSFI: Substantive Law Track: Adding Estate Administration to Your Practice
Expanding your practice has never been easier. Learn key strategies to grow and manage an estate administration practice quickly and efficiently. Get the tools you need to help your clients through every step of the probate process, from court forms to procedures to fee agreements.
Jennifer M. Harvey, Harvey Legal Group PLLC, Ann Arbor

SSFI: Marketing/Law Practice Management Track: Lean Law Firm—Applying the Big-Vision, Low-Cost Lessons of Startups to Launch and Build a Successful 21st Century Law Practice
All across Silicon Valley, startup companies are applying the lessons of Eric Ries' book, The Lean Startup, to launch successful, sustainable businesses quickly and at minimal cost. Learn how to create a "lean" business plan for your new or existing practice that identifies your firm's unique selling proposition, targets clients and revenue streams, and builds a mechanism to pivot if your initial projections don't work out as anticipated. Plus, learn to repurpose existing assets and leverage free and low-cost tools to keep your startup firm on the track to success.
Carolyn Elefant, MyShingle.com, Washington, DC

SSFI: Technology Track: Pick the Right Computer Today
With the advent of Windows 8, there is a fresh crop of computing devices on the market. From Ultrabooks to hybrids, from convertible laptops to tablets, get Barron's advice on which options lawyers should consider and how they can best be used in the practice of law.
Barron K. Henley, Affinity Consulting Group, Columbus, OH


2:55–3:45 p.m.

SSFI: Substantive Law Track: Latest Developments in Medicaid Planning
The policies governing eligibility for Michigan's Medicaid program are constantly changing. Learn the current planning strategies for helping single people and married couples qualify for Medicaid and the methods and resources available to help practitioners solve eligibility problems in this important government benefit program.
David L. Shaltz, Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices PLLC, East Lansing

SSFI: Law Practice Management Track: Solo Practice Systems for Success
All told, non-legal tasks can account for as a much as forty percent of a solo's work week, which means less time for family or billable matters. Applying principles from Atul Gawande's book, The Checklist Manifesto, learn how solos can systematize routine tasks using free and low-cost tools to delegate more, maximize productivity, and grow their practices.
Carolyn Elefant, MyShingle.com, Washington, DC

SSFI: Technology Track: Getting the Most Out of Microsoft Word 2010 and 2013
From fixing default settings to using styles, you can save enormous amounts of time and energy by tapping the full potential of Word. Maximize your time in the law office with Barron's most practical solutions and time-saving tips for the two most recent versions of Word.
Barron K. Henley, Affinity Consulting Group, Columbus, OH


3:45–4:00 p.m. SSFI: Networking Break

4:00–4:45 p.m.

SSFI: Substantive Law Track: Contract Drafting for Your Small Business Clients
Join the discussion of common small business contracts and key provisions that should typically be considered for most contracts. Understand the dos and don'ts on common and not-so-common boilerplate language. Plus is boilerplate language really "boilerplate"?.
Mark E. Kellogg, Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap PC, Lansing

SSFI: Law Practice Management Track: A Business Analysis of Your Files and Your Time
The only way to measure progress is to keep track of the essentials. What's the best way to calculate your effective hourly rate? Are you charging a fair rate? Dig in and measure your performance and determine the value of each client. You'll also learn to track the payback on your marketing, volunteerism, and memberships. Get the tools to set better goals and avoid taking bad cases.
Timothy A. Dinan, Dinan & Associates PC, Grosse Pointe Park

SSFI: Technology Track: Legal Drafting: Automation Tools and Best Practices
Creating new documents from existing ones produces an unacceptably high margin for error. Learn easier, better, and safer ways to draft your documents. See a demonstration of features present in Microsoft Word which almost no legal users take advantage of, and how add-in programs can be used to further increase accuracy and speed.
Barron K. Henley, Affinity Consulting Group, Columbus, OH

 

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